Book Reviews of Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble
Asking for Trouble
Author: Elizabeth Young
ISBN-13: 9780380818976
ISBN-10: 0380818973
Publication Date: 9/1/2001
Pages: 408
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 242 ratings
Publisher: Avon Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Well, it was very different from the movie it inspired. I was prepared for that and I still didn't like it very much all told. I didn't care for Sophy because she seemed to have some kind of personality flaw. Obviously she was very concerned with making her mother happy and keeping up appearances, but then the outbursts and thoughts she had seem to contradict that. It just didn't work for me. The dialogue was a bit unnatural to me at times as well. (I find myself saying that rather often about British books, however, so take it with a grain of salt.) Honestly, I didn't really like the interactions between her and Josh very much. She was neurotic about her looks and practically delusional about how Josh viewed her. Was it the worst book I've ever read? Nope, not even close. It was enjoyable enough for me to finish it and give it 3 out of 5 stars. This is one time, however, where I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book. For me, they took the best parts of the book and created the movie around that and really made it work. Of course, your mileage may vary. :)
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was pretty good. I was expecting it to be more like the movie The Wedding Date but as it is said in a lot of the other reviews it is really different from the movie. It is a funny and enjoyable book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well now we know how "Open mouth, Insert foot" works out, or at least you will know once you read this humorus account of one women's tale of doing just that. A delightful and quick read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is a charming, light weight tale about a young woman who is overly sensitive about her looks and weight, and very imaginative. She makes up a boyfriend because her Mom is always worried that she won't get married. But then her sister's wedding comes along and she has to produce the boyfriend. Oops.

The book was originally titled "Asking for Trouble." The title was changed when it became the basis for the movie "The Wedding Date."

It is significantly different from the movie, especially as all characters are British. Sometimes the British slang is a bit hard to translate, but not too often.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. The movie that was based on it was nothing like the book. The book was even funnier and I liked the ending more. I highly recommend reading this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
OMG, this book was HYSTERICAL! I read it long before anyone heard of Wedding Date and as soon as I saw the trailer, I knew it was based on this book. I read it a 2nd time before seeing the movie and was sucked in just as easily the 2nd time around. One of the best chick lits out there, and Liz should get her due along with Green and Kinsella, et al!
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Helpful Score: 2
A British literary version of The Wedding Date (movie)... I loved this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was the second time I read this book: the first time was when it was (evidently a reissue for a movie tie-in) published as "The Wedding Date", which starred Debra Messing and the ever delectable Dermot Mulroney. I think the book is better than the movie, but isn't that usually the case? (Except for Dermot, of course!) Anyhow, I re-read it even though I realized I'd already done so in the past, and it still made me laugh and roll my eyes and "tsk" at some of the idiocy. Nothing like a few twit characters that make you feel superior! And so, I obviously enjoyed it. A good read, nothing madly thought-provoking, just a pleasant, screwball romance.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book and funny.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book.It's British Chick Lit.It was so good I had a hard time putting it down:)
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Helpful Score: 1
In order to keep her mum from harrassing her, Sophy invents a boyfriend and now must produce him for her sister's wedding. It sounds like a great premise but the British colloquialism make the dialogue almost incomprehensible. Sophy's hires a rent-a-stud to play her boyfriend and spends the first 50 pages or so in a panic that he won't be able to play the part. She's so bitchy to him that I can't believe he didn't give up. After the wedding, she calms down and the romance starts and the book gets much better. I only picked this book up because I needed a "Y" author otherwise I would have stopped reading this within the first 50 pages. Definitely not an author I would read again.
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Helpful Score: 1
It was just like the movie "the wedding date" but a good read
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Great "romance" type book for the 30-something crowd, especially if you are an Anglophile.
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The movie "The Wedding Date" was based on this novel, originally called "Asking for Trouble." I found this wonderfully funny, insightful and romantic
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Along the lines of Bridget Jones' Diary. A fun, fast-paced frolic!
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BETTER then the movie! Very cute book.
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Fun! Similiar to the movie "The Wedding date". I listen to the audio cassette and the english narrator really made the character come to life.
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3 hours/ 2 cassettes -- abridged

Unmarried, 30 year old Sophy Metcalfe told a little white lie to soothe her nagging mother. The white lie's name was "Dominic," the ideal boyfriend. But now that Sophy's thin and beautiful sister is getting married, Dominic is going to have to make an appearance in the flesh since the genuine article vanished from Sophy's life after a single, singularly unmemorable evening she resorts to a drastic measure--aka Josh Carmichael, the escort she hires at the last minute, sight unseen.

But the trouble with white lies is that they tend to multiply. Sophy has actually begun to like Josh. Even if they make it through the wedding day from hell together there's the night that follows and, the morning after. And that could end up being the biggest trouble of all!

Wonderfully funny!
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Self-deprecating heroine and wickedly charming hero.
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I loved this book! Sophy was a fun character and there was just something about Josh that I enjoyed. I hated Belinda from the beginning, and it didn't surprise me with how her part in the story turned out. After I finished the book I read that this is what the movie The Wedding Date was based on. I could see very very loose similarities, but just by the basic plot. I personally thought this book was better!
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A cute and easy read. A nice light read with humor.
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Fun book...read it and then see the movie on DVD.
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If you can get past the concept of falling in love with a hired escort...it's cute.
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great story great movie too!
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The movie "The Wedding Date" was based on this book. I loved the movie and thought I would read the book. The movie is loosely based on the book but still enjoyable.
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Likeable story, very different to the book. Love Sophie - a character every younger sister could relatet too.
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This book was first published with the title "Asking for Trouble".

It's a fun rom com.
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Fun, quick read. Great "beach" book for summer vacation. Apparently, the movie The Wedding Date was loosely based on this book, that is why I picked it up to read originally.
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Kind of predictable.
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Once I got past the British slang, references to items I was unfamiliar with, etc. I liked this book alot. Sophy is a lovable, though neurotically self-conscious, girl & Josh is the perfect guy. Perfect, because no real guy would keep coming back like he did. You're so glad they finally get together in the end.
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Elizabeth Young will keep you laughing; great read!
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This was an entertaining book I finished in a weekend. I laughed a lot, and enjoyed the story. Nothing new or earth-shattering, just a fun read. Give it a try.
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Very good story -
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A funny story of a single girl tired of being pressured by her family to find a man. The movie The Wedding Date is loosely based on this novel.
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This book was funny and shows how one lie can lead to another. This was a relaxing, and quick read.
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I enjoyed this book for the most part, but the author has a tendency to use the same idioms over and over, which gets irritating after a while.
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Funny story once you get used to reading the British jargon.
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Unmarried 30 year old Sophy Metcalfe told a little white lie to soothe her nagging mother. The lies name was dominic the ideal boyfriend.She has to go to her sisters wedding and Dominic is needed to be seen in the flesh. he unfortunately is not real. So she hires a man to pretend to be Dominic.... And the story begins
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It was okay. Sophy the main character was over played a bit, or maybe I can only stand a character referring to herself as a 'fat cow' or her 'wobbly bit' so many times before I start to her as a whiner. Josh, the main male character, was unremarkable. While this book was based off the movie "The Wedding Date" the two were quit different, especially because the movie was rather charming.
But if you are looking for a quick read, with colorful British slang, this would be a good choice. If you also liked The Diary of Bridget Jones, this book was along the similar lines.
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funny book...it's a comedy of errors for the main character, Sophy...I recommend it if you're a fan of chick lit -Mirah W.
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Oh, this was a pretty cute chick lit book - of course, it does seem to be the exact plot of a movie I saw on TV once, _The Wedding Date_, but with more family drama added in. Still, it was a very cute and entertaining way to spend the evening. I enjoyed _A Girl's Best Friend_ more, but this was pretty fun.
****It turns out this is the book that the movie _The Wedding Date_ is based off of!
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At thirty, Sophy is unmarried, and aside from her mother's near-constant hectoring, in no hurry to march down the aisle. To quiet the maternal angst, Sophy invents a boyfriend named Dominic and all is wellthat is, until her sister's wedding when she must produce the real thing. At the eleventh hour and in utter desperation, Sophy contacts an escort service. Attending the wedding with "Dominic," Sophy quickly realizes that there is no such thing as one little lie...and the fabrications escalate. When the bubbles from the wedding champagne evaporate, she discovers that she likes her escort as more than a convenient arm decoration. What to do? Turn lies into sighs...and a happily ever after.
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I did not like this book. It is about dating in England.
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I guess I didn't read enough of the review to catch that this book takes place in England. It was funny, I just prefer American characters, especially southern women.
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the book the movie "The Wedding Date" was based off of, SO much better than the movie, book in great condition